Courses & Units

Politics and the State HPP201


Second year core unit for Public Policy major


This unit examines why and how the state, bureaucracies, markets, interest groups, NGOs, communities and networks are evolving in response to complex public policy problems and general trends in 'governance'. Adopting a case study approach comprising a broad range of contemporary policy and political problems, students will investigate the benefits and pitfalls of a variety of governance arrangements involving governments, interest groups, NGOs, markets, communities and networks. The overarching question explored throughout the unit concerns the extent to which the state is being 'hollowed out' by new governance arrangements involving an array of actors. This focus echoes a central and compelling contemporary political science concern: the ongoing relevance, centrality and adaptability of the state. Essay-based assessment will provide students opportunities to select, investigate and critically analyse real-world governance problems.


Unit name Politics and the State
Unit code HPP201
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Coordinator Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory
Teaching staff

Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


This unit is currently unavailable.


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HPP101 or HPP110

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPP301, HSG205


Teaching Pattern

A web-based delivery of a 1 ½ hour lecture weekly and a 50 minute tutorial weekly.


2,000-word essay (35%); 1,000-word report (15%); Tutorial participation (10%); 2-hr end-of-semester exam (40%)

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